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More commonly known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is performed to enhance the appearance and functionality of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Double board-certified facial plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Kristin Tarbet is considered a top provider of blepharoplasty in St. George and is renowned for achieving natural-looking, long-lasting results for her patients.
What Is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a type of facial plastic surgery that can address cosmetic and functional concerns with the eyelids. While most often performed to resolve age-related sagging and drooping, blepharoplasty can also correct issues arising from congenital abnormalities.
Eyelid surgery can involve excising excess skin, redistributing or removing fat, and/or altering muscles to improve the patient’s field of vision and rejuvenate their appearance. Depending on the patient’s concerns, blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty) and/or lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty).
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
If sagging eyelid skin interferes with your vision or you are unhappy with your appearance due to drooping eyelids, under-eye bags, or other cosmetic concerns in this area of the face, eyelid surgery may be the optimal treatment approach for you. To be a candidate for blepharoplasty, you need to be in good overall health with no other underlying eye conditions.
What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery
Your surgical eyelid lift will begin with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to ensure your maximum comfort for the duration of the procedure. For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made in the crease between the top of the lid and the bottom of the brow. With lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Tarbet performs the incision either just below the lower lash line or inside the lid itself.
Next, unwanted skin and fat can be removed and, if necessary, small amounts of fat can be repositioned to create a more flattering or symmetrical look. Muscle tissue may also be tightened at this time. Once your surgery is complete, all incisions will be closed with sutures, and gauze and a lubricating ointment may also be applied.
What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery
You will be given comprehensive aftercare instructions to guide you through your blepharoplasty recovery. To support the healing process and achieve the best possible outcome, be sure to:
- Sleep with your head elevated during the initial days of your recovery
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Use prescribed eye drops as directed
- Protect your eyelids from exposure to sun, wind, force, and other irritants
- Abstain from smoking, vigorous exercise, and wearing contact lenses until otherwise advised by Dr. Tarbet
- Attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Tarbet
Post-op swelling and bruising will diminish significantly within 14 days of your procedure, and initial improvements may be noticeable at that time. However, you will not arrive at your final results until healing is complete, which will take several weeks.
Eyelid surgery results last for many years. The longevity of your refreshed look can be extended by following an anti-aging regimen of in-office and at-home treatments, as recommended by Dr. Tarbet.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
The cost of a surgical eyelid lift depends on how many eyelids are being operated on, the extent of the procedure, and facility and anesthesia fees. The price associated with your unique eyelid surgery will be reviewed with you during your consultation.
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To learn more about blepharoplasty in St. George, contact Amara Med Spa today to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to helping you accomplish your treatment goals!
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